Delights: November 18 to 24

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I have so much to be thankful for: my beloved family gathered around our festive table today, my dear family in New Jersey and Iowa, friends around the world (and celebrating with us today), and a life with generosity, courage, faithfulness and purpose. 

I’m grateful for comfort and hope in times of deep sadness. I’m grateful for difficult things that challenge my confidence, ability and complacency. I’m grateful for people who serve and sacrifice. I’m grateful for creative, kind people who enliven our world. And, if you’re reading this, I’m grateful for you. (Actually, I’m grateful for you even if you’re not.)

Thank you, friends, who have sent me photos over the past year. Here are a few of my favorites.

Madera Canyon, Arizona. Photo by Anne Ryan
Kansas River, Kansas. Photo by Patricia Miller
Kayakers on the Potomac River. Photo by Lee Schroer
Photo by Karolina Ogle
Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC. Photo by Carolyn Wallace
South Bend Cubs, South Bend, Indiana. Photo by Jack Crilly
And, of course, my favorite photographer, my husband, Kevin Ogle. Love you!

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If you’d like to browse my past delights, please consult the “word cloud” featured at the very bottom of this post. Find a theme or two that interests you and sift through the sands. Or learn a bit more about my Blog by visiting my Welcome page. You’ll also see links to four essays that were published in print magazines. I’m glad you’re here!

14 thoughts on “Delights: November 18 to 24

  1. Carol Ann:


    div>Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    God bless!

    Steve DeVito


    div>ps I read your post! 😉

    Sent from my iPhone


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    1. Hi, Steve. It’s lovely to hear from you. Thank you for your kind greeting and for visiting my blog. I wish you and your family a warm, loving holiday season!


  2. Lovely set of photographs and hope you and your family enjoyed Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. Although I am wary of all kitchen things, I do truly love the planning, execution and clean-up for Thanksgiving dinner (and, yes, the gathering of friends and family!). I was filled with gratitude. Thank you for sharing it with me.

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  3. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, Carol Ann. The photos that you posted here are beautiful – and to have received many of them from friends/family makes them that much more special!

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    1. Thank you, Donna. I am indeed blessed to have such loving, kind and talented friends (and husband!). The photos are truly special, as are the people. I’ll pass on your kind words.

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  4. And I’m grateful to you, dear Carol Ann, for generously sharing with us each week some of the joys (and challenges!) of your life. I hope you had a wonderful, joyful Thanksgiving.

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    1. Hello, Mr. P. Your note touched me (“dear Carol Ann” is so sweet and captures my warmth of feeling toward you too.) We did have a wonderful joyful Thanksgiving! Thank you for your very kind words.

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      1. You’re most welcome!

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  5. I’m with Platypus Man. So grateful to you and your wonderful posts, which always enrich my life. Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. Your encouragement matters so much! And — happy day! — I ordered your complete Great Library series from my local bookstore. I am looking forward to cozy evenings in front of the fire…. And so our beautiful web of nurturing and enriching each other continues!

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  6. It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. I love all the photos you shared. But I really loved one sentence particularly: I’m thankful for difficult things that challenge my confidence, ability and complacency. That is a wonderful way to look at difficult things. I shall remember that. Thank you.

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    1. Hello, friend. Thank you for saying hello and for noticing that sentence; I am glad to re-explore that insight. Sharing it with you may help me to remember that difficult kind of gratitude!

      And thank you for appreciating my friends’ (and husband’s) photos. They are truly lovely.

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